STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER A look at federal debt
By Don Davis
The federal debt has built up over the years because Congress and presidents of both parties tend to spend more money than the government raises in taxes and other revenues.
C... Posted on 10/16/13 at 8:59 AM
NEW PLATEAUS Hmm, Maybe Canada Really is on Top of the U.S.
When I was a boy, the Cannuck currency was 2/3 that of America's. I remembered the ratio by comparing it to the ratio of kilometers to miles. And though it was still cool to have Canadian coins (money... Posted on 7/17/12 at 3:26 PM
Minnesota’s $6.2 billion deficit can’t be focused on until numbers official
ST. PAUL – The leader of Minnesota’s governor race fears a delay in naming a winner past mid-December will hinder state budget preparation.
Says unpopular steps needed to face problem
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad warned Thursday the solutions necessary to fix the nation’s staggering fiscal problems are “not going to be popular.”
Pawlenty may call special session
ST. PAUL – Minnesota faces a fiscal emergency, state policymakers said Friday, and Gov. Tim Pawlenty hinted he may call a special legislative session after the regular one ends in a little more than a week to finish budget work.
WASHINGTON – Spelling out painful priorities, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Monday to quickly approve a huge new shot of spending for recession relief and job creation, part of a record $3.8 trillion budget that would boost the deficit beyond any in the nation’s history while only slowly beginning to put Americans back to work.
Andrew Taylor, Associated Press Writer
, February 02, 2010
ST. PAUL – Minnesotans are looking everywhere from liquor sales on Sunday to racetrack gambling to bring more money into the state budget. Others want to save on items as big as entire government programs and as small as printing fewer legislative directories.
By Martiga Lohn / Associated Press
, May 29, 2009
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